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Senior Day Care Offers "Dementia 101" Workshop
Human Services



El Dorado County Senior Day Care Services is offering "Dementia 101", a mini workshop for families and friends who care for or supervise people with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, January 24, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Senior Day Care Center, 935A Spring Street in Placerville. The workshop features two sessions from presenters who have extensive experience and knowledge in Alzheimer's disease and dementia:

  • Session 1 - Dementia: What is it? This session is presented by Esther Lara, Clinical Social Worker and Research Administrator for the UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center. The session addresses the difference between normal forgetfulness and serious memory loss, the signs, symptoms and common causes of dementia, how the disease is diagnosed, medications and therapies useful for treating dementia, and effects of dementia on brain function and behavior.
  • Session 2 - Dementia: Understanding and Managing Behaviors. This session is presented by Wanda Demarest, Program Supervisor for the Senior Day Care Services Program in Placerville. The session gives participants specialized communication skills and techniques to cope effectively with the unique behaviors associated with dementia. "My goal is that everyone learns new skills and techniques they can put into practice right away," said Demarest.

Seating for the workshop is limited; registration is required. The workshop is free, although a suggested donation of $10 is appreciated. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and includes a continental breakfast.  The workshop begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. For reservations, please call the Senior Day Care Center at (530) 621-6180. Free respite care for qualified caregivers attending the workshop is available by calling the Family Caregiver Support Program a minimum of two weeks in advance of the event at (530) 621-6192.

Senior Day Care Services is a program of the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency. Program staff would like to thank the UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center, Eskaton Village Placerville, the Alzheimer's Association (Northern California & Northern Nevada Chapter), A Helping Hand In Home Care Services and Harlow's Help at Home for supporting the workshop event.

For more information about Senior Day Care services, call (530) 621-6180 or visit

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